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A Bridge of Starlings

by Ben Osborn

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    Inspired by the lamenting poetry of the Psalms, A Bridge of Starlings takes the motif of the 'break-up song' and twists it into a new, surreal shape. Ben Osborn's lyrics depict a dreamy, hungover cityscape in which the smallest details are loaded with memory and emotion. Alex Stolze's spacious production imbues the track with rhythmic drive and coats it in psychedelic atmospheres, singer Bethany Roberts' vocals cut through with crystal clarity, while Michael Bleach's found-sound beats tangle around the synths and prepared piano.
    Instrumental B-side Psalm 22 showcases the unique prepared piano sound characteristic of the Nonostar studio, its stark minimal texture decorated with lush washes of synthesiser harmonies.
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I took a train downtown broken among the broke smelling of last-night-smoke one among grains of sand in an upturned hourglass I watched them roll past and I checked my reflection like a classroom skeleton assembling itself I count all my bones out draw lines across the fractures map negative space the place where borders cross borders but when I am an architect I will build a bridge for you that crosses empty space but stops midway a place to watch the small birds play so c'mon I took a train downtown I thought I was a cave somewhere you were chained and they drip poison down onto your body now it evaporates into clouds low green and dangerous seen in the distance noticed by strangers mistaken for forests but when I am an architect I will build a bridge in time that spins, describing circles on the plains a place to watch the small birds play so c'mon I took a train downtown and outside the main station I saw a small murmuration living on pastry crumbs nesting in coffee cups I think they’re just like us I think love is a bridge a bridge made of starlings it can’t carry anything on its trembling wings but when I am an architect I will build a complex bridge a double helix, a whirlwind a murmuration of static starlings a place to watch the small birds play and we’ll watch the small birds play and I’ll say ‘for you, this was made… …darling, for you, this was made...’ so c'mon.
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released February 8, 2019

Words and music by Ben Osborn.
Produced and mixed by Alex Stolze at the Nonostar Studio, Rosow. Mastered by Lupo Lubich at Calyx.

A Bridge of Starlings:
Ben Osborn - vocals, piano, synthesisers
Alex Stolze - vocals, beats
Michael Bleach - field recordings, beats
Bethany Roberts - field recordings, vocals

Psalm 22 (Instrumental):
Ben Osborn - piano, synthesisers

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